Advancing the Science and Art of Surgery Since 1915

100 years ago the purpose and intention of the Texas Surgical Society was clearly stated by the first president of the Society, James E. Thompson, MD: “The object of the Society, ‘the advancement of the science of surgery’ must never be absent from our thoughts. Personal advancement and petty politics must have no place in our councils. Good work for the love of good work must be our motto. IF we reach toward these ideals and retain supreme faith in our possibilities and powers, nothing can prevent our growth into a dignified learned Society that will be a power for good in our own state and an object of admiration to our neighbors.”

The first Secretary of the Society W. Burton Thorning in a letter to prospective applicants set the trajectory of the organization when he wrote, “It is the desire of those responsible for this movement that the proposed society typifies the highest and best and no other.”



Active Fellowship in the Texas Surgical Society

The Active Fellowship shall be limited to 200 Fellows who are residents of the state of Texas. To be eligible for Active Fellowship candidates must be at least 30 years of age and must have resided and practiced a minimum of 2 years in the town from which the application is received and must be a graduate of 9 years’ standing from a recognized medical college. Surgeons of unusual qualifications may be placed on the ballot by the Council before they satisfy the residence requirements. Candidates shall have had special training in surgery and certification by their specialty board or equivalent qualifications and must be devoting their time to the practice of surgery. Candidates shall have shown outstanding ability in the art and science of surgery.

Application for Fellowship shall be filed with the Secretary on the Society’s application form provided by the Secretary. The application must be endorsed by three Fellows and have attached a recent photograph of the candidate. A letter from each sponsor is required to complete the application. The applicant must have previously attended a meeting of the Society as a guest.


Fall 2024: 213th Meeting

Galveston, October 4-6th

“Since 1915, over 1200 surgeons have been elected to Fellowship in the Texas Surgical Society. Their names in the history books serve as a marker, a memorial, a headstone of sorts, signifying for all that this man or this woman, despite errors and foibles, was, over a period of time and by those who knew him or her best, found to be exemplary.